The new entity, ATK Mohun Bagan FC, boast one of the strongest teams on paper and are easily one of the title contenders for ISL 2020-21. Only time will tell if they can match up to all expectations but here is everything you need to know about ATK Mohun Bagan’s ISL Season VII campaign:
The Green and Maroons have had to replace Jobby Justin, who sustained an ACL injury this week in training and is likely to be out for the entire season, at the last moment. Apart from the main stars, a few academy players have been promoted as well. Here’s the full squad as per the official ISL website:
Goalkeepers: Arindam Bhattacharja, Dheeraj Singh, Avilash Paul, Arsh Shaikh
Defenders: Tiri*, Prabir Das, Pritam Kotal, Sandesh Jhingan, Subhasish Bose, Sumit Rathi
Midfielders: Boris Singh Thangjam, Bradden Inman**, Carl McHugh*, Edu Garcia*, Javier Hernandez*, Glan Martins, Jayesh Rane, Michael Soosairaj, Pronay Halder, Regin Michael, Sahil Sheikh, Ningombam Engson Singh
Forwards: David Williams**, Md. Fardin Ali Molla, Manvir Singh, Roy Krishna*
Note: Some players aren’t with the squad in Goa but have been registered with the league to be flown in whenever necessary.
Antonio Lopes Habas’ men have a tightly packed schedule as per the ISL fixtures released on Friday. ATK Mohun Bagan kick off their campaign against Kerala Blasters on November 20th but the most awaited clash is against SC East Bengal which is scheduled to be their second game.
Here’s how their schedule looks for the first 10 fixtures:
Kerala Blasters FC vs ATK Mohun Bagan - Nov 20 - GMC Stadium Bambolim
SC East Bengal vs ATK Mohun Bagan - Nov 27 - Tilak Maidan Stadium
ATK Mohun Bagan vs Odisha FC - Dec 3 - Fatorda Stadium
Jamshedpur FC vs ATK Mohun Bagan - Dec 7 - Tilak Maidan Stadium
ATK Mohun Bagan vs Hyderabad FC - Dec 11 - Fatorda Stadium
ATK Mohun Bagan vs FC Goa - Dec 16 - Fatorda Stadium
ATK Mohun Bagan vs Bengaluru FC - Dec 21 - Fatorda Stadium
Chennaiyin FC vs ATK Mohun Bagan - Dec 29 - GMC Stadium Bambolim
ATK Mohun Bagan vs NorthEast United FC - Jan 3 - Fatorda Stadium
ATK Mohun Bagan vs Mumbai City FC - Jan 11 - Fatorda Stadium
Antonio Habas: I am well aware of the history and rivalry that is involved with the Kolkata Derby. I also know that this match is important not only in West Bengal but the entire country. But this match is just another league match for me. We will try to get the three points from this match, as we would in all other matches. The derby is equally important as all other fixtures. But right now I am not thinking about the derby. We will think about it when we will have to play it. But I can assure you that the Kolkata Derby will only enhance the attraction of ISL.
I know there will be a lot of expectations from us this season. I can only promise that we will respect the opposition and do our best to bring pride to the Green and Maroon fans.